Flights to Delhi

Cheap Flights to Delhi

Delhi is the heartbeat of India. It is an ancient city that has been bustling with activity since 6th century BC and today is one of the most important economic, cultural, political and historical centres in the 2nd most populous country in the world. 

For a history buff, the city promises several weeks worth of site-seeing that includes UNESCO World Heritage Sites and buildings with incredible architecture which you won't see anywhere else. 

Shopaholics are promised well-stocked shelves, whether it be in stalls lining the well-trodden paths of traditional bazaars or the glimmering posh stores of modern malls. 

While only a 13-hour flight from Sydney, Delhi’s vibrancy and ageless charm will make you feel as if you’ve travelled to a whole other world. 

Airlines flying to Delhi

Air India provides the only direct flight out of Australia into Delhi.

From Sydney, flights depart once a day (in the morning) on a Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

From Melbourne, flights depart once a week on a Thursday morning. 

Serval other airlines offer cheap flights to Delhi from most major Australian cities with at least one stopover. These include:

Emirates, Qatar Airways, British Airways, Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Sri Lankan Airlines, Cathay Pacific, China Eastern, Etihad Airways, Malindo Air, China Airlines, Jet Airways, AirAsia X, Korean Air, Japan Airlines, Qantas, Air Canada, Air China, China Southern, Hong Kong Airlines and Air Mauritius



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Getting to and from the airport

While Indira Gandhi International Airport is approximately 30 minutes away from the city centre, travel time can be exasperated by traffic conditions. Traffic congestion in Delhi is legendary, especially during rush hour. There are several taxi companies that offer services to and from the airport including Delhi Airport Taxi Services, Meru Cabs and Mega Cabs.

Travellers are cautioned to use the taxi counter in the airport to book travel by taxi as it is not uncommon for unscrupulous drivers to take advantage of unwitting travellers. 

If you are in a rush to get your holiday started, take the Metro Express that can get you from the airport to the city centre in 15 minutes. There are also a number of private transfer companies employed by hotels that provide transport to and from Delhi Airport.

What to do in Delhi

The list of places of interest in Delhi is staggering. It is the location of no less than three UNESCO World Heritage sites which include Humayun's Tomb, Red Fort and Qutb Minar. The Red Fort, in particular, is interesting because not only was it the seat of the Mughal Emperors for two centuries in an independent India, but it became the place where the nation’s prime minister delivers a national address to commemorate the day.

There is also Akshardham, the dazzling edifice that houses over a thousand years' worth of India’s spiritual and cultural history. For some Hindus, it is also considered to be the physical home of God on Earth. 

For the shopper, the city is unmatched when it comes to the variety of options available. From ancient bazaars to modern malls, there is something for everyone, whether you are seeking a handmade keepsake or a trendy designer bag. 

How to get around Delhi

The most cost-effective and fastest way to travel around Delhi is via the Metro. The Delhi Metro provides air-conditioned coaches, which in a city that is notorious for being hot and sticky in the summer can be a blessing.

A new metro card will set you back around $6AUD: $2AUD for the card and $4AUD as the minimum load amount. 

If you are averse to subterranean travel, you can hop on one of the vehicles that belong to the massive Delhi Transport Corporation bus fleet. Travellers are encouraged to avoid the buses during rush-hour, however, as the vehicles have a reputation for being overcrowded during this period. 

Like most major cities in the world, Delhi has been bitten by the rideshare bug. If you want to opt-out of public transport altogether and ride in the relative solitude of a private vehicle, you can hire a driver from Uber, Ola or Easy Cabs through their respective apps. 

Female travellers who would like a female driver can call Sakha Cabs for Women or ForShe Cabs who exclusively hire women drivers.

The Indian subcontinent has many rewards to offer an adventurous traveller. With so many diverse regions with their own unique cultures, the choice of where to begin one's exploration of India may prove to be overwhelming. But there probably is no better introduction to the nation than Delhi. The city has been the epicentre for Indian culture for many centuries. It is the steward of a proud national identity, a seat of power and the symbol of independence for its people.

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It is a requirement for most nationalities to have a visa to enter for more than 72 hours.  Visa information can be found here.

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